Girl, 14, and boyfriend arrested on suspicion of mother’s murder

By Calvin Palmer

A 14-year-old northern California girl and her boyfriend were arrested today in connection with the murder of the girl’s mother.

Police found the body of Joanne Witt, 47, in her El Dorado Hills home on Monday. Witt had failed to show up for work since Thursday. Police say she had been killed with a kitchen knife.

Tylar Witt and Steven Colver, 19, were arrested by San Bruno police at a Red Lobster restaurant about 15 miles south of San Francisco, said El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department Capt Craig Therkildsen.

The two youngsters are being held on arrest warrants alleging murder but have not been formally charged.

Police believe the daughter’s relationship with Colver may have led to the murder.

Investigators are trying to determine who allegedly committed the murder or whether both of them participated.

El Dorado Hills is about 30 miles outside Sacramento and about 115 miles northeast of the San Francisco Bay area.

[Based on a report by the Associated Press.]

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